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31 March 2017

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at World Backup Day (today), Alaska, Sony's Kenji Tanaka, Tabitha Soren, more on the Panasonic FZ2500's problems, Galaxy S8 facial recognition and a Canon deal.

  • We interrupt your usual routine to point out that today is World Backup Day, conveniently preceding April Fool's Day by a day. J.D. Biersdorfer and Kelly Couturier provide a A Quick Guide to Backing Up Your Critical Data on your computer, your phone and social media with recommended products from the Wirecutter. To which we would add: every day your data changes should be Backup Day. Go ahead, we'll wait.
  • Former Alaskan tour guide Alan Taylor points out that 150 Years Ago Today, the U.S. Bought Alaska From Russia for $7.2 Million. You can't even buy a Warriors ticket for that much these days. In 49 photos, he presents the history of the 49th state. And you don't have to tip him at the end, either.
  • Alpha Universe has interviewed Kenji Tanaka, senior general manager of the Sony's digital imaging business group. He cites two keys to growing the digital imaging market: young people and imaging sensors.
  • In Tabitha Soren's 13-year project Fantasy Life is now being published as Tabitha Soren: Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream. While her husband Michael Lewis worked on Moneyball, she took photos of the players. And kept taking them, following their careers whether they led to stardom, coal mining or homelessness.
  • Kirk Tuck adds a few more discoveries to the Panasonic FZ2500 focus discussion he began yesterday.
  • Dave Mark is amused that Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Can Be Bypassed With a Photo. "That's how good the camera on the S8 is," he writes. "So realistic, it can hack itself!"
  • Canon is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its EOS system with $30 in Canon eCash to use on your next purchase when you spend $300 or more on an EOS camera or lens by tomorrow.

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